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Sunday February 17, 2002Baseball Wins Eighth Straight, 8-4 Over Winthrop

Gainesville, FL

No. 18/10/14 Florida improved to 8-0 on the season as it used a one-hit, 7.0 inning pitching performance from Alex Hart and a 4-5, two-RBI day from Matt Goss to defeat Winthrop 8-4 Sunday at McKethan Stadium. Florida is off to its best start (8-0) since the 1992 season when it also won eight consecutive games. The Gators need four more consecutive victories to break the school record for best start to a season (11-0 in 1989).

Hart allowed only one hit, no runs and struck out three batters in 109 pitches and seven innings of work. He also walked seven batters. With the win, Hart improves to 3-0 on the season with a 0.00 ERA, 11 strikeouts and has allowed just five hits, two runs (no earned runs) and eight bases on balls in 19.0 innings pitched. Kevin Coleman pitched the final 1.1 innings of relief for his first career save.

Goss tied a career-high for hits with his 4-5 performance. He finished the day with two runs, two RBI, a triple and double.

Winthrop (2-2) battled back from a 5-0 deficit as it trimmed Floridaís lead to 5-4 with four runs in the eighth inning. Stas Swerdzewski scored on a called balk, Ben Thurmond and Brian Haney each drove home runs on consecutive RBI singles and Carlos de la Rionda drove home the final run on a two-out RBI single to right field. Gator reliever Kevin Coleman got out of the inning on a line out.

But the Gators added three more insurance runs with two outs in the eighth to keep the game out of reach. Brian Rose blasted a two-RBI home run over the left field fence for his fourth homer of the year and Jonathan Tucker scored on an Aaron Davidson RBI single to center field.

Winthrop threatened in the top of the ninth as it loaded the bases with one out but Coleman ended the contest as the Gators converted on a 1-6-3 double play.

Florida jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead when Aaron Davidson walked, stole second and scored on Matt Gossí RBI triple to right center field. Pat Osborn drove Goss home on a groundout. The Gators went up 3-0 in the sixth when Ryan Shealy sent a 2-1 pitch over the left field fence for his first home run of the season (solo home run). They scored two more in the seventh when Goss drove in Aaron Davidson from third on a RBI single and Pat Osbornís double drove home Goss from third.

Florida is next in action Wednesday against Savannah State. First pitch is at 5 p.m. at McKethan Stadium.

GAME NOTES

*Florida is off to its best start (8-0) since the 1992 season when it also won eight straight. The 8-0 start ties for the third-best start for a Gator baseball team. The school record is 11 consecutive wins set in 1989. UF also won 10 straight in 1956.

*Alex Hart improves to 3-0 on the season with his 7.0-inning, one-hit, three strikeout performance. On the season, Hart has a 0.00 ERA and has struck out 11 batters, allowed only five hits, two runs (none earned) and walked eight in 19.0 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .078 (5-64) vs. Hart.

*Matt Goss tied a career-high with his four hits today. He also tallied four hits vs. UNC-Greensboro on March 3, 1999. Goss concluded the three-game week hitting .667 (6-9) with four runs scored and four RBI.

*Brian Rose hit his fourth home run in only eight games this season. Last year, Rose hit two home runs in 62 games played.

*Jeff Corsaletti made his first career collegiate start today.

*Pat Osborn concluded the week hitting .615 (8-13) with a double, three home runs and seven RBI. His slugging percentage (18 total bases) was 1.385 and he made no errors. Yesterday, he tied UF game school records for hits (5) and home runs (3) in a 5-5, four-RBI performance.

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